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Business Growth Programme

October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021

The Business Growth Programme will enhance the resources of the existing Humber Business Growth Hub through the provision of a range of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to grow and become more productive.  It will encourage and support businesses to grow and develop by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client, including a detailed diagnostic and development of an action plan of support required to achieve growth objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts across a range of topics (see below)
  • A Leadership Development programme for senior leaders and managers within SMEs with a potential for growth
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on projects identified through one-to-one advice and support
  • Electronic delivery – development of a suite of webinars, online content, and information available through the Growth Hub Website

The programme will focus on delivering support in the following areas:

  • Business model, culture and structure
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Improving market and customer awareness and understanding
  • Sales process and pitch
  • Pricing
  • Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Resource Efficiency

ICT for Growth

June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021

Delivered as a product of the Humber Business Growth Hub, this three year scheme will provide a programme of interventions aimed at enabling SMEs in the Humber to create and/or adopt new products and processes, improve productivity and business resilience by utilising ICT more effectively to support business growth.

It will encourage and support the uptake of digital technologies, build business confidence in the use of such technologies and extend understanding of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems and deliver increased business competitiveness. This will be achieved by delivering the following activities:

  • One-to-one advice to determine the needs of the client and to develop an action plan of support required to achieve the objectives
  • A comprehensive programme of workshops / masterclasses, delivered by industry experts
  • Voucher support to SMEs based on ICT projects identified through one-to-one advice and support from specialist ICT Advisors
  • Broadband vouchers to cover part of the cost of upgrading to faster broadband for new start businesses


The Growth Hub is recruiting a business advisor

March 23, 2020

The Growth Hub is recruiting a business advisor.

Are you someone who enjoys working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support them in their growth?

Our delivery partner North Lincolnshire Council are looking for a candidate with experience of assisting business of all sectors and maturity to achieve growth and create new employment opportunities via the provision of 1-2-1 advice, support and guidance. You must be well versed in analysing business plans, identifying barriers to a business’s growth, working with business

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Growth Hub Workshop Tendering Opportunity

November 21, 2019

A new tendering opportunity is open to businesses that can deliver a workshop programme for the Growth Hub.

The Humber Business Growth Hub (HBGH) #GrowMySME programme is seeking the delivery of a Workshop programme to SME owners and employees across the Humber LEP Region. The workshop programme will involve the provision of a series of one day (8 hours), half day (4 hours) face-to-face workshops plus One to One and One to Many Masterclasses (2 hours). The #GrowMySME workshop programme is

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Time to Scale Up – Humber Businesses invited to Business Breakfast Summits

October 7, 2019

A brand new programme designed to help ambitious businesses take their next steps to scale and grow at pace will be launched in the Humber this month.

The Humber Business Growth Hub’s new Scale-Up Business Development Programme has been designed to support established businesses that are ready to scale up their operations.

This exciting new programme – a specialist strand of the Growth Hub’s Business Growth Scheme – will provide tailored support to business owners, leaders and senior managers, that will include

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Launch of new Growth Hub programme will prove invaluable for small businesses

November 22, 2018

There’s never been a better time to be a small business in the Humber Region.

With the launch of the Humber Business Growth Hub’s #GrowMySME programme, finding the right advice, support and funding for start-ups and small to medium businesses ready to grow is now as easy as dialling a number.

Words by Jo Smedley, Small Business Champion for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

This November saw the launch of the Humber LEP’s Growth Hub #GrowMySME programme; a new initiative seeking to

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Humber Business Growth Hub #GrowMySME programme launches after a series of events across the region

November 19, 2018


During week commencing the 5th November the Humber Business Growth Hub successfully delivered a series of launch events for growing SMEs across the region, and businesses were invited  to learn more about how to access more than £6million of business support funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

With events in Hull, Brigg, Grimsby, Driffield and South Cave, SMEs from across the Humber region were able to meet with representatives of the Growth Hub, including its business advisors and partners,

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Hull Business Gets Northern Powerhouse Investment Funding For Moodbeam Device

June 21, 2018

A Hull healthtech start-up which has developed an award-winning device to enhance mental wellbeing has secured a £200,000 investment from NPIF-Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Moodbeam’s wearable device allows users to log their mood and monitor their emotional wellbeing – or that of their children, students, patients or employees. The device, which links to an online and mobile platform, gives insights into how moods change over time,

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Continued growth in the Humber aided by NPIF

October 5, 2017

Never has the time been better to invest in the Humber. That’s the message being communicated to inward investors and local companies as the area rides on the back of significant investments made to benefit its key sectors.

The Humber is in the midst of an economic resurgence, with the estuary very much a key asset in driving that growth. Key sectors in energy and offshore wind have resulted in the region being recognised at the forefront of worldwide wind energy

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Chinese delegation focuses on the Humber

September 22, 2017

Phil Glover, Humber Growth Hub Programme Manager (fourth from left) with delegates from Qingdao, China at Modal Training Centre, Immingham

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomed a delegation of government officials from Qingdao, China as part of a UK and China marine company mission.

Delegates were greeted at the Guildhall in Hull, before heading to Modal Training Centre in Immingham on Tuesday 19th September, where the guests were shown around the facility and its state-of-the-art training simulators in ports,

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August E-Newsletter 2017

August 1, 2017

Read the latest news from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the E-Newsletter for August 2017.

August E-Newsletter 2017.

Speakers announced for the Charter Institute of Marketing sessions at ‘Growth Hub Live’

May 25, 2017

The Humber Business Growth Hub has pulled together a fantastic programme of speakers for the ‘Growth Hub Live’ events during Humber Business Week, for which three more have been added.

The two events during Humber Business Week will take place at Hull University, Canham Turner Building on June 6th and at Forest Pines Hotel, North Lincolnshire on June 8th.

The three speakers added the Charter Institute of Marketing sessions are:

– Dr Nadine Waehning, Marketing Lecturer at York St John University (University of

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Exciting programme of speakers now announced for Growth Hub Live events

May 11, 2017

The Humber Business Growth Hub is to host two exciting events during Humber Business Week, which will bring together a range of key organisations that can help support business to expand and grow.

The Growth Hub has pulled together a fantastic programme of speakers for you which are detailed below. Running in parallel will be our Marketplace from 9am to 3pm featuring a wide range of business support exhibitors who will be on hand to offer help and support.

‘Growth Hub Live’ at

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Growth Hub Live during Humber Business Week

April 28, 2017

The first details have been released about two major new events for this year’s Humber Business Week.

Growth Hub Live will bring together dozens of organisations which can help SMEs grow.  In a new format for Business Week, the organisations will combine their efforts on two days at two “hub” venues – ensuring delegates can make the most of their time during the week and increasing the opportunities for networking.

The free events will include a packed programme of speakers and short

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Working Together We Can Boost Business Success

October 26, 2016

Small and medium enterprises and start-up businesses drive our region – they are its lifeblood. The number of businesses is on the up and they deserve the best possible chance to succeed. By being proactive and working together, we can help start-ups and small businesses in the region to grow and prosper.

There is little doubt that this is a region facing challenges. We remain low in the national leagues in terms of business survival rates, with only 37% of business

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Investments on track to add £1.42bn to Humber economy by end of Parliament

June 10, 2016

Projects and programmes invested in by the Humber LEP and delivered by partners are on track to add £1.42bn to the Humber economy by the end of 2019/20 – a return of £5 GVA benefit for every £1 invested.

As part of this 12,050 gross FTE jobs will be created, 600 safeguarded and 62,228 properties will have reduced flood risk.

An impact assessment which forms part of the LEP’s Annual Review 2015/16 – launched on Friday 10 June – shows investments to

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